Schladming-Dachstein in Austria’s Styria has replacing the old six-seater lift on the Planai ski area with a new 10-seater gondola.
The new 3.6km long Doppelmayr D-Line lift can transport up to 3,800 people per hour – an increase of over 70% on the previous gondola, and is equipped with ergonomically shaped individual wood and leather seats. The cabins consist mainly of glass offering a unique panoramic view of the surrounding mountains.
The new lift takes twelve-minutes to make its ascent, travelling at 6 metres per second, with both the middle and top stations of the lift completely rebuilt to give easier entry and exit to skiers and boarders thanks to the adapted driving speed in the stations.
The ‘old’ six-seater bubble lift was dismantled and has been shipped to Argentina where it’s being rebuilt at the Las Leñas ski area.
Schladming, which is within easy reach from Klagenfurt Airport (120 minutes’ drive), has joined the airport and Easyjet giving skiers a special offer in providing free transport directly to selected hotels worth over €200 return (or approximately £170). Several hotels at another resort in the region, Nassfeld, are offering the same deal.
With twice-weekly Easyjet flights from Gatwick to Klagenfurt from just £11 skiers can be on the slopes within two hours of landing at the airport.
Current deals include a week’s half-board at the four-star Hotel Mitterhofer in Schladming cost from £583 (€686) per person plus return flights from Gatwick to Klagenfurt for £42 with Easyjet and free return transfers (departing on 7 March 2020). Please quote “Special offer-free transfers from Klagenfurt Airport” when you contact the hotel to make your booking.